Trump condemns anti-semitic threats and more Zedlines

US President Donald Trump has publicly condemned anti-semitic incidents after numerous bomb threats were made against American Jewish community centres.

A number of centres were evacuated on Monday following the threats and a Jewish cemetery was heavily-vandalised in Missouri.

President Trump raised eyebrows last week after not publically condemning the threats, but spoke on Monday of his hopes of making the country less divided.

Bluetooth technology puts emergency vehicles first

Technology allowing emergency vehicles to change traffic lights in their favour has been introduced along 13 Brisbane roads.

Queensland to trial recycling remuneration scheme and more zedlines

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans. (Image Source: Flickr)

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

The Queensland government plans to introduce a container refund scheme in July 2018, where every bottle or can returned to a ‘reverse vending machine’ could prompt a refund of 10 cents.

A trial machine will be placed in George Street for three months from February 27, with initial donations going to charities.

Adele creates transport nightmare

Medicinal cannabis to be legalised in Australia and more zedlines

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed. (Image Source: Public Domain Images)

The use of medicinal cannabis will today be legalised in Australia after the first private cultivation license was confirmed.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today make the announcement which will permit those suffering chronic pain to access the drug following a doctor’s referral.

Victoria has already harvested its first crop for epilepsy sufferers and Mr Hunt believes today’s announcement will permit an interim supply of the drug through importation.

Bulimba Barracks to be sold to developers

Refugee advocates hold vigil for Hamid Khazaei as inquest draws to close

Refugee Action Collective vigil (RAC Facebook)

As a coronial inquest into the death of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei is set to close this week, advocates today staged a vigil outside the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court hoping to draw attention to the situation surrounding his death.

Mr Khazaei died of septicaemia in a Brisbane hospital in 2014 thirteen days after presenting with an infected cut in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre.

Spike in arms sales at Cold War levels and more Zedlines

US and Europe lead the way in Arms sales to the Middle East, with China quickly catching up.

There’s been a spike in the international arms trade -with sales figures unheard of since the Cold war - according to a peace activist’s report.

The Stockholm Peace Research Institute said the Middle East has nearly doubled its intake in the last five years, with Saudi Arabia increasing their arms importation by over 200%, purchasing the majority of arms from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Bland Brisbane

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Aleem Yousaf A former Brisbane based street artist has described Brisbane as bland and “oppressive” toward those who use graffiti as a medium.


Internationally renowned artist, Anthony Lister has said Brisbane runs the risk of becoming even more bland if areas aren’t set up for aspiring artists to apply and practice their skills.

Mr Lister’s comments come after Brisbane’s Graffiti task force charged 115 suspected vandals with 5260 offences last year.

Over 20 permanent murals will be finalised over the next month as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with only one on a Council owned property on Coronation Drive. 


Cancer Council Queensland - Cancer Cases Triple

Former Newman government 'killed off' profitable climate change company and more Zedlines

Files prepared for the 2012 state Budget Review Committee show climate change company was slated for sell-off despite notes showing it was "profitable" and "cash-flow positive". PHOTO: WikiCommons/NavsourceOnline

Queensland’s former Newman Government sold off a profitable, state-owned business which tackled climate change, according to a news outlet.

Ecofund Queensland was a carbon-offsetting company, which cabinet documents, obtained by the ABC, show was a profitable business whose revenue was set to double.

The Newman government sold the company for $250 thousand dollars despite being told it would make a profit of $40 million dollars over the next two years.


Do QLD's Abortion and Bail Laws Reflect Community Values?

Each month we speak with Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh. This month we’re looking at proposed changes to QLD’s bail and abortion laws, and the pros and cons of GPS tracking for domestic violence suspects.

Rebecca is lecturer in public law at the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law, and co-author of The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis.

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UK sees rise in hate crimes following Brexit vote and more Zedlines

Figures collected by a British news agency have found an increase in hate crimes since the vote for Brexit back in June last year.

The number of hate crimes has risen from ten thousand, 10,793 during the July to September quarter in 2015, to 14,295 in the same quarter last year.

The report from by the Press Association said 33 out of UK’s 44 police forces had witnessed record numbers of such crimes.


Vigil for Dead Asylum Seeker in Planning

A vigil is being planned to mark the coronial inquest into Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death.

Renting is difficult but I’m too poor to buy a house and more Zedlines

Australia’s first housing tenants survey has revealed Australian’s have poor security and minimal power to demand standard property maintenance.

The survey shows a large portion of tenants put up with poor quality housing out of fear complaining to their landlords will result in eviction.

Spokesperson for consumer group Choice, Matt Levey, says 83 per cent of people surveyed were either on 12 month or non-fixed term leases, meaning they potentially would not know where they will be living in a year’s time.


Ergon’s new tariff structure to be decided soon